💪 How to get gainz and become immortal online.

There was lots of talk of gainz in the office this week and it reminded me of my favorite fitness icon growing up Zyzz.

Aziz Shavershian was a legendary bodybuilder and Youtuber who went by the name zyzz. He rose to prominence for his hilarious online persona and insane body transformation.

From a self proclaimed "shy and skinny" kid, to a gigachad of the internet, zyzz inspired millions of kids and modern fitness content creators. He unfortunately passed away at the age of 22 in 2011 after suffering a heart attack while on vacation.

Although zyzz has passed away his legacy lives on the internet forever. Whether it's Instagram fan pages, Youtube tribute videos, twitter memes, or Tiktok's referencing his content zyzz's influence can be found on all corners of the internet from fitness creators, gamers, motivational speakers, and within internet culture writ large.

About 8,000 Facebook users die every day. Not because of Facebook (I hope) but rather a consequence of their own success as a platform. 2.93 BILLION people use one of Meta's core platforms every single day. It's estimated that roughly 30 million people have "memorialized" accounts on Facebook alone. By 2100 this number is expected to skyrocket given the platforms aging demographics.

Unfortunately not all of us can attain gainz and internet stardom like the late Zyzz, so what does that mean for the rest of us?

Is our entire digital footprint one product deletion, a corporate bankruptcy, or ads policy change away from being erased off of the face of the internet? Are all of the countless photos, videos, and writing we've done on the internet not going to be memorialized for our grandchildren or their grandchildren?

Each of us have contributed to this shared database of information we call the internet.

Although some of would prefer that our older posts on the web get blasted into oblivion, for the sake of preserving the history of humanity, or at least preserving our memory for our loved ones how will we forever memorialize moments like this?

Jokes aside, these large tech platforms will be around for a while (well we'll see given recent events), but it is almost assured that like any company, they too will eventually cease to exist.

Given the average company lifespan within companies listed in the S&P 500 is between 20-40 years, how can we prevent our memory from being forgotten.

Those of us who are bullish on crypto believe in a future where information and media has an intrinsic value attached to it outside of just being an intermediate within an ads marketplace.

Projects like Cryptopunks, whose actual color information, likeness, and attributes are stored in the form of raw pixels or svg's on chain reveal an opportunity to store information of images within a network which is validated by tens of thousands of people across the globe rather than one centralized entity.

Although these images are far from the vast variety, quantity, and quality of media that is currently stored on the web, on chain art is pioneering a new home for media whose posterity is guaranteed by community rather than a company.

See y'all next week,

V and Nat

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